People are attracted to tragedies in a very strange way. We are all part of a society where everyone seems to think that they should have a say in everything. We want to talk about things. We want to make it seem to other people that we have our opinions and that these opinions mattered. We talk about tragedies and act like these things changed us. We act like we are in the very center of the tragedy itself. Perhaps it is human nature; we always longed to be in the center of everything. Even if it is other people’s tragedy or other people’s pain, we want to be able to talk about it as if it actually happens to us or to the people close to us. We, human, are weird that way. We talk about other people’s tragedies as if they were our own, but we keep our own tragedies to ourselves and refused to even say a word about them.
Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon’s computer science professor and the best-selling author who achieved worldwide fame after his brilliant “Last Lecture” became a viral video sensation, passed away on July 25th, 2008 in his home in Virginia. This post is a small tribute to the late Randy Pausch who inspired so many people to achieve their dreams. May his soul rest in peace.
My Condolence to Jai and the kids.My heart is with them.
Lydia gave me this Blogger Award. I have never been given an award before so I am feeling a bit flattered now hehe. Now since I have been chosen to be the humble recipient of this award, I have to obey the following rules :
1. The winner may put the logo on her blog. ( Check! )
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from. (Check! )
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
With the message – Happy Blogging!
Gee I am so lame. :p
I asked my friend MangosteenSkin to make rubber stamps for me. It was last Friday and last night she e-mailed me and told me that my rubber stamps are done! That’s one fast rubber stamp making service. Take a look :
They look soooo nice I can’t wait to get my hands on them! My cousin Amy is going to be super jealous!
MangosteenSkin is a very talented artist. I’ve known her since I was eight and she’s the nicest friend ever! My childhood would be boring without her. It’s so great to be in touch with her again. Even if it’s only through the net.
She is currently taking commission to make rubber stamps. You can make your own design or ask her to make one for you (though this is going to take more time). If you’re interested, you can drop her a word at her site : http://mangosteenskin.blogspot.com.
I finally changed this site’s layout. It only took me a few hours because I didn’t really get my hands dirty coding the layout. I just downloaded a few templates, hacked the codings a little bit to suit my taste, re-skinned the template and voila! I am a master TWEAKER!
I edited out some unnecessary stuff in the previous layout, so that I could have this two-column layout. I wanted a bigger space for the post so that I could upload bigger pictures! Yes! I am so excited about all this.
I decorated the the header with Cats! Only one of them is actually mine. The one that’s covered in bubbles and looks the most pathetic of them all. He is named Tomas, after the ghost boy in El Orfanato (The Orphanage) and no, I wasn’t the one who named him. My cousin Rayner thinks that he is the ugliest cat ever! He would say it out loud every chance he get, “Where’s that ugly cat of yours? Where’s Fugly? Where’s… UGLY?”. Poor Tomas….
I am not very fond of this layout. I might change this layout again when I have the time to muck around with another layout. But that might be a long long long time from now. :p
School started last week. I am going to be busy again with all the studying. So I am not going to be here often… *Insert Big Yawn Here*
What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
I began reading The Last Lecture two weeks ago. Trying to finish it, is quite a struggle. As I write this entry, I am still stuck somewhere in Chapter Three. I swear it has nothing to do with the volume of the book. It took me three days to finish Marquez’s One Hundred Years Of Solitude and a full week for Rand’s Fountainhead. I have no problem with thick books and The Last Lecture is anything but thick. It is one of the simplest and shortest books I’ve ever encountered. So, the thickness has nothing to do with it. It is the topic that put me off immediately. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not the book, it’s me.
It is Cancer. It is one of the things that I can’t deal with. Reading about Randy Pausch struggle with Cancer is hard for me. Here is a man chronicling his battle with the disease that killed my mother and he is doing it with such grace that makes my filled dread. I can’t help but wonder Why do all the good people have to die from this such terrible disease? It is so unfair! So unfair!
I am currently thinking of putting the book on hold until I could find the courage to read it to the end. But if you’re interested don’t let this entry put you off. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with the book. It’s not depressing despite the dark theme. In fact it is very hopeful, full of courage and wisdom that could do change your world.
Book Preview :
A lot of professors give talks titled The Last Lecture. Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gaveReally Achieving Your Childhood Dreamswasnt about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humour, inspiration, and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
Video of The Last Lecture :
The Last Lecture at Youtube
Wondering what I’ve been doing lately? Let’s just say that I am currently lost in La-la Land. I think I am going crazy or something. The semester will start in two weeks and here I am going gaga over ATCs. I mailed my first ATC trade today and I feel like a twelve year old who won a bucketful of candies! I never knew ATC could be so much fun!